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7 Oct 2010

I love the idea of injectable fillers

Submitted by admin on October 7, 2010

I love the idea of injectable fillers. What a practical solution! Can they be used to fill out my cheeks so that my smile lines are not quite as noticeable? Are there any fillers to fill in the lip wrinkles that I have an abundance of from smoking?

Yes lines around the lips are a common occurence particularly if your a smoker, in fact they are actually termed smokers lines. A very fine filler can be effective at smoothing out the skin around the lips, care is needed to select the right filler that will not over fill these lines. Sometimes the best results are when fillers ...

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6 Oct 2010

My daughter recently got her braces. I see her constantly “patrolling” the braces with her tongue.

Submitted by admin on October 6, 2010

My daughter recently got her braces. I see her constantly “patrolling” the braces with her tongue. Can this damage the braces, or perhaps loosen the elastic bands that are on the wire? Is there any way to stop this?

I wouldn't worry, I'm sure like all children, your daughter is vey curious, and as she has only recently had her braces fitted, it will feel a little strange in the mouth initally. It often takes around 3-5 days to get used to the fixed braces. The wires on the brace nor the elastic bands will be damaged by your daughter running...

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5 Oct 2010

I’ve been taking good care of my teeth since I was ten years old

Submitted by admin on October 5, 2010

I've been taking good care of my teeth since I was ten years old but I always hear the same thing from my dentists: "Clean, but crooked." I can't change that with my toothbrush, but I have been wondering if removable braces might be an option for somebody that wants to do some 'housekeeping.' What do you think?

It's great to hear that you are 'clean' even if crooked. Often having crooked teeth may make it a bit more difficult to clean the teeth as food and plaque can often get trapped. It depends on the degree of crookedness which is present to see if you are suitable for removable braces. Invisalign is a type of removable brace and wo...

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4 Oct 2010

My dentist told me about lingual braces. How do they work?

Submitted by admin on October 4, 2010

I told my dentist that I wanted to look into the option of getting braces, but don’t relish the thought of having a mouth full of steel-studded teeth. My dentist told me about lingual braces. How do they work?

Lingual braces are the ultimate braces! They are invisible, no one will see you are wearing them as the whole brace is fitted on the inner surfaces of the teeth. And with Incognito lingual braces – the brace will only fit you – it is custom made for your teeth. They work exactly the same way as normal fixed braces which are ...

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3 Oct 2010

As a thirty three year old who was recently told that he might need braces, Invisalign seems like an attractive option

Submitted by admin on October 3, 2010

As a thirty three year old who was recently told that he might need braces, Invisalign seems like an attractive option. But if I am going to fix my teeth, I want to get it right the first time. Is Invisalign a reasonable stand-in for normal braces?

Invisalign often works very well for mild cases. It is a great choice for those who really do not want to have something fixed in the mouth, i.e. fixed braces. With Invisalign, you can take them out to brush your teeth and for eating. Also, Invisalign will offer a great appearance as they are clear aligners, most people won’t ...

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2 Oct 2010

I have been reading about the Damon self-ligating braces and how ‘painless’ they are compared to normal braces

Submitted by admin on October 2, 2010

I have been reading about the Damon self-ligating braces and how 'painless' they are compared to normal braces, but I am a little wary. Do they hurt as much as normal braces?

We always describe the process of getting used to braces is similar to wearing a new pair of shoes. Initially they may feel uncomfortable, a little tight, but after wearing the shoes for a week they often become your favourite pair of shoes. It’s a similar situation with getting used to braces. The slight difference with Damon...

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1 Oct 2010

A recent dentist’s trip revealed that I will need to get braces on my bottom row of teeth

Submitted by admin on October 1, 2010

A recent dentist’s trip revealed that I will need to get braces on my bottom row of teeth, which have always been very crowded. Wouldn’t pulling a few teeth straighten the row out just as well?

Many years ago, we used to ‘pull some teeth out’ then let nature take care of the rest. Needless to say, nature didn’t always get it perfect every time. Often when you are crowded, there is a space requirement which may be provided by the removal of teeth. However if the crowding is milder and space requirements are less, ...

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13 Feb 2010

Which braces would you recommend for my granddaughter?

Submitted by admin on February 13, 2010

Which braces would you recommend for my granddaughter? She is 27 years old, has a very good job in publishing, and always takes care of her appearance. I am buying them for her because she has always been ashamed of her teeth but money has always been tight.

There are other types of braces – Damon braces which are also called self-ligating braces. Their main advantage is that if your granddaughter has a busy worklife, there are fewer adjustment appointments required and therefore less disruption to her normal routines. Also there is Invisalign brace treatment which may be suitable...

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12 Feb 2010

I love your Invisalign® braces

Submitted by admin on February 12, 2010

I love your Invisalign® braces. I am interested in pursuing this option for braces. I am 37 years old and a professional man in the clothing business. Do these braces affect speech at all? If I have to remove them during the day, say when holding a meeting, does that slow down the speed at which the teeth are straightened?

It’s great to hear you’ve fallen in love with braces – just like us! Invisalign braces are a good brace option in a number of cases, however some more severe cases may not be suitable for treatment with Invisalign. In answering your concerns with speech - you may have an initial lisp during the first week of wearing Invisa...

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11 Feb 2010

I had braces as a child and now my teeth are coming out of alignment

Submitted by admin on February 11, 2010

I had braces as a child and now my teeth are coming out of alignment. On the bottom teeth, it looks like just one tooth is pushing inward and that upsets that whole row of teeth. Could removable braces be used to push that single tooth back into place?

Sorry to hear your teeth are becoming out of alignment after wearing braces as a child. Do you still have your retainers? With time, the teeth can move a little, especially the lower front teeth. If your tooth movement is mild and it sounds like this may be the case, then a removable brace like Invisalign could work to strai...

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